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Recently, I was sent to a home Englishtown, NJ to resolve a troublesome flea infestation. Fleas are tiny external parasites that require blood meals similar to ticks and bed bugs. Their lateral compressed body allows them to easily move through the hair, fur, or feathers of the host’s body. While bed bugs prefer human blood, fleas are most attracted to our feline and canine pets, and once in our homes use us for their blood meals as well. In people, they often wind up in our hair, causing extreme soreness and itching of our scalp. People can have an allergic reaction to flea saliva, and these pests are known for transferring intestinal tapeworms to our pets. Flea tapeworm is possible with humans if an infected flea is swallowed, so most reported cases involve young children.
Cats and dogs are the most common source of flea and tick infestations inside a home. Once brought inside, they are prolific breeders. A flea can lay upwards of 50 eggs a day and 2000 eggs in her lifetime. The eggs hatch in a few days. This homeowner had both a cat and a dog, so one or both of these innocent-looking animals was the likely source of this infestation.
An effective flea treatment must be a cooperative, coordinated effort with the customer. Cowleys provide a “to do” checklist for homeowners prior to our arrival to make the treatment most effective. Upon arrival, I thoroughly inspected all of the rooms. We treat all of the flea harborage areas including flooring (carpeting and rugs) and couches. Our products kill both the adult fleas and their off-spring. The customer is responsible for flea treatment of their pets. I treated all of the rooms in the house with special attention to those rooms used most frequently by the pets.
Fleas are challenging infestations because of their sheer numbers, but with persistence and follow-up visits, these infestations, like any pest infestation, can always be resolved successfully.
While servicing one of our commercial accounts, a restaurant in Englishtown, NJ I observed a line of foraging ants marching around the outside perimeter of the structure. These particular ant are known as crazy ants — not because they drive you crazy, but because they move very erratically and unpredictably when foraging for food. From a distance, these tiny ants look like discarded coffee ground until you realize that these little things are alive and moving in every direction.
Recently, I successfully treated another smaller species of ants, pavement ants, using a granular bait at another commercial account serviced by Cowleys. I wanted to try it here to see if it would take the “crazy” out of these ants.I placed some of the bait in the ant trail. Some were picking up the bait while others ignoring it. With ant infestations, I always try to locate the nest by following the ants. These ants seemed to be gravitating toward a tree in a parking lot island, and I saw ants climbing up the tree trunk. I kicked over some mulch and observed some pavement ants. These ants are even smaller than their crazy cousins. The pavement ants were especially interested in the bait I set out for the crazy ants. I set out more granular bait at the base of the tree to control both species of ants. With ant infestations you can’t assume you are dealing with only one species. Often, conditions that are favorable for one type of ant are favorable for others. I was glad that I observed these ants outside of the building. It’s always better to control an ant colony outside before the pests have a chance to invade the structure and find their way into all sorts of hiding places.
During the servicing of one of our commercial accounts in Englishtown, NJ, I came across a Halloween display better than anything you could buy in a store. I crossed paths with an orchard orb weaver. This beautiful spider was beginning to weave its treacherous web on the customer’s building.
Many spiders, such as this one, have brilliant coloring and fascinating patterns. Orchard orb weavers have shimmering silver-white, green, and gold on their abdomens. Their classic wheel-like orb-shaped web is nearly horizontal and the spider hangs underneath it. Other orb weavers that we commonly find in New Jersey are the cross orb weaver and the spotted orb weaver. During the fall season, it doesn’t take long to find a spider and its intricate webbing. I carefully removed this spider, put her in a container, and relocated her into the woods nearby the building so she could enjoy the rest of its crawly life in peace.
Unfortunately, spiders, just like bats, have an undeserved reputation as something scary, creepy, and dangerous. That’s far from the truth. Out of the thousands of species of spiders, about fifty are found in New Jersey, and of those, only two are poisonous, the black widow and the brown recluse. Of course, it’s always best to avoid touching any spider. Although spiders try to avoid human contact as much as we try to avoid them, they will bite if they feel threatened or endangered.
Why did I go through the trouble of saving a spider? This lone spider was outside and just minding its own business. It wasn’t posing a threat to anyone. More important, spiders are beneficial insects. They are one of the best biological forms of pest control (as are mosquito-devouring bats) — and they don’t cost us a penny! Spiders will happily feed on common indoor pests that they ensnare in they web including mosquitoes, flies, clothes moths, and roaches. Also, spiders kill other spiders for survival including poisonous ones like black widows.
So, if you happen see a spider or two in your home, don’t kill them. Their webs are catching many nuisance insects. It’s worth the trouble to trap them in a cup and relocate them to freedom outside. Spiders and their webs silently and efficiently trap many nuisance insects in and around your home or business — and they don’t even expect a tip!
With a hornets nests, you sometimes have to look carefully in order to find them. This particular large hornets nest was camouflaged by the trees on this residential property in Englishtown, NJ. For me, when dealing with a nest of this size, I don’t take any chances and wear a full bee suit for protection.
Wasp nests are built by social wasps that live in large colonies with hundreds of workers, all of whom are ready to sting to protect their nest from any intruder. Thenest is made up of paper paste using chewed up wood fibers mixed with the insect’s saliva. Normally, these aerial hornets prefer to build their nests in trees (others, like yellow jackets, prefer holes and cavities for their nest-building).These use the nest for only one season. However, simply removing a dormant nest will not resolve the issue because the surviving overwintering wasps will construct a new one. The most effective way to deal with a hornets nest is to kill the colony while it is still active.
For this nest, I used an aerosol formulated for a knockdown of the nest up to 20 ft away. A light application is enough to eventually kill all the wasps as they pass through the opening of the nest. Just as important as killing the insects in the nest, it is critical to kill the foraging workers returning to the nest as well. When these insects come into contact the chemical over the next couple of days, there will be a complete kill of the entire colony. With the nest removed and the queen killed, the homeowner does not have to worry about this particular colony rebuilding.
These homeowners in Englishtown, NJ found themselves with groundhogs nesting under their porch. Often, we deal with these critter control problems by installing Dig DeFence, a patented drive-in fencing system that extends the protection of any sense below ground. It stops dogs from digging out of your home’s fencing and also stops wildlife from entering areas like decks and patios that seem to be magnets for burrowing wildlife. Since these are steel drive-in panels, you can avoid the time and expense of trenching in order to install an underground barrier.
We determined that for this particular home, these panels would not be effective because of the condition and spacing of the lattice on the porch. We wanted the right solution to keep out wildlife from under their porch even if it meant some extra work on our part. We decided the best way to keep out burrowing groundhogs and other digging animals, we did some digging on our part and buried thick wire mesh one foot down and bent it at a 90-degree right angle pointing one foot outward. We secured this “L”-shaped fencing to the porch structure, extending it over the lattice that had wide gaps in it for many types of wildlife to enter. This mesh will prevent the most determined groundhog or other burrowing creature from entering underneath the porch, either above ground or through digging.